April 2012

Monthly Archives

  • Another reason you shouldn’t skip breakfast

    You already know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but new research reveals that it can also reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes “In a study published in the current issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers followed 29,000 men for 16 years, tracking their diets, exercise, disease […]
  • Skip the steroid shots for back pain

    Steroid shots for back pain are no more effective than a placebo, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine this month. “Researchers tested 84 adults with back pain of less than six months’ duration, dividing them into three groups. They received either steroids, etanercept (an arthritis medicine) or an inactive saline solution […]
  • Grab a handful of berries for your brain

    Berries aren’t just delicious, a new study reports they also can slow cognitive decline. “Researchers report in the journal Annals of Neurology that women who ate berries more frequently over a period of years showed slower decline in brain functions such as memory and attention when they got older than women who ate them less often. […]
  • Dealing with fitness plateaus

    Are you continuously working out, but not seeing the results?  You may have hit a plateau. No worries, you just need to change up your routine. “‘A plateau is a period where you stop making progress,’ said Marshall Roy, a New York City-based personal trainer at Equinox, the national chain of fitness centers. ‘It isn’t a death […]
  • You’re better off skipping these “healthy” foods

    Go with the real thing and throw out that reduced-fat peanut butter. “In my opinion, the only ingredient in peanut butter should be peanuts,” says Keri Gans, a registered dietitian in New York City and author of The Small Change Diet. “Reduced-fat [peanut butter] adds artificial sweeteners, only to save 0.5 grams of saturated fat […]
  • Don’t a be THAT person in the gym

    They’re in every gym — The Meathead, The Coach, The Showoff — and almost everyone finds them annoy. Check out this funny parody of these gym clichés: Don’t Be That Guy at the Gym The Huffington Post also explores other annoying  things people do at the gym, such as leaving sweat on machines. “‘The single […]
  • More benefits from drinking skim milk

    According to a new study, people who regularly consumed low-fat dairy products reduced their risk of stroke by 12 percent. “‘From a public health perspective, if people consume more low-fat dairy foods rather than high-fat dairy foods, they will benefit from a reduced risk of stroke and other positive health outcomes,’ said study author Dr. Susanna […]
  • Are you in denial about your weight?

    A new study reveals that people have a tendency to underestimate their body size. “A team of researchers led by a group from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently asked 3,622 young men and women in Mexico to estimate their body size based on categories ranging from very underweight to obese. People in the normal weight range selected […]
  • You’re never too busy to take care of your health

    When you’re bogged down with work and family, one thing that often gets neglected is your health. The Huffington Post explores 10 mistakes made because you claim you’re too busy, including: “You think you’re too tired from work to work out. If you’re not getting at least 30 to 40 minutes of cardio activity at […]
  • Lack of sleep increases chance of diabetes

    A lack of sleep and irregular sleeping patterns in the short term may only make you groggy, but over time can lead to serious health problems, according to a new study. “The volunteers started out well-rested. But for three of those weeks, they were allowed only about 5½ hours of sleep every 24 hours — […]